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1 August 2016 - What's new

1 August 2016
  • 'H.G. Wells was enormously successful, and Jorge Luis Borges writes about his earlier books with the highest respect. It's literature. It's all books. There are good books and bad books. Literary fiction can be bad, and so can sci-fi. Sci-fi can be wonderful and so can literary fiction. As long as it's a good book, who cares?...' Margaret Atwood in conversation with Grant Munroe in our Comment.
  • From Tom Chalmers of IPR, two articles about rights for self-publishers, Self-publishing - the rights way and How to get your book in the hands of an international audience. 'It's a fact that most self-published authors understand the process that takes them from a written manuscript to a published book, but few realise the additional elements that make publishing a profitable business. Rights licensing is arguably the most vital element in this equation. Whether it's selling translation rights, audio rights or optioning the film rights, these all help balance the book's books...'
  • Our links: an argument that authors of thrillers and mysteries who have endured the woes of traditional publishing may find that the indie route is the best way to go, The Rise of Indie Crime Novels; women's fiction is changing. "Chick-lit", a provocative tag, used to be about high heels, handbags and heartbreak - but not any more, BookBrunch - The chick-lit hangover; just who is penning these erotic romance novels? A light-hearted look at The dude behind scores of erotic e-books for women | Fusion; and, as the world's attention turns to Rio, Publisher Miriam Gabbai on the Current State of Brazilian Publishing.
  • Which service should I choose to help me get my work into good shape for submission or self-publishing? This is the question our page Which service? answers and it then goes on to give a quick rundown on our 20 editorial services for writers, which we think is the biggest range you can find on the internet.
  • Some more links with a more serious tone: Sunday Times literary editor Andrew Holgate has reignited the debate about the recent eligibility rule changes, Holgate: inclusion of US authors 'disastrous' for Man Booker | The Bookseller; the future of publishing is fraught with opportunity and peril, here are 10 trends shaping your future as a writer and/or publisher, 10 Self-Publishing Trends to Watch; and a long article with some fantastic insights into the work of the translator, The subtle art of translating foreign fiction | Books | The Guardian.
  • 'Do you find it difficult to get started on your writing? Is it always easier to put off finishing that research/ starting that novel/embarking on the second draft? You are not alone, for many writers suffer from procrastination...' Don't procrastinate!
  • From our Writers' Quotes, 'I often think of a poem as a door that opens into a room where I want to go.' from Minnie Bruce Pratt.